Omar Fink

Cyber Currency – part 3/5 – Blockchain

Cyber Currency - part 3/5 - Blockchain

BLOCKCHAIN A digital ledger or journal of transactions (database) Cryptographic in nature (encrypted) A shared database with write permissions for everybody Validity of transactions is determined cryptographically instead of by a central authority Cryptographic nature Each transaction is combined with the hash value from the previous transaction and a new hash value is calculated Tamper […]

Cyber Currency – part 2/5 – Hashing Algorithms

Cyber Currency - part 2/5 - Hashing Algorithms

HASHING ALGORITHMS Hash = one way encryption Uses a mathematical formula (or algorithm) Maps data of variable size to a unique fixed length string Outputs a string called the “hash” or “digest” The same input always produces the same output It cannot be reversed (cryptographic) There are no collisions (no duplicates from different inputs) Hashing […]

Cyber Currency – part 1/5 – Currency Basics

CURRENCY BASICS Barter systems: Involve direct exchange of goods and services Have no intermediate token like money There are some difficulties: The barter process needs a coincidence of two exchange partners (same time, same place) Some trading goods cannot be easily divided into small parts Deferred payments are problematic Storing wealth is not practical Establishing […]

Transformable 4D Printing

3D printing that produces components that can self assembly, are programmable and transformable is called 4D printing. SEE ALSO: Morphable Robotic Furniture Malleable Morphing Materials Complex Order From Simple Interactions Software That Creates Hardware SW Without HW

Paperclip Game Demonstrates Automation and AI

This text based game appears simple at first glance. It begins with only one action available: clicking on a button to make a paperclip. But soon you can automate that process with “autoclippers” and then you’re off and flying on a mission to take over everything by turning it all into paperclips. Universal Paperclips [this […]

QUANTUM STUFF – Quantum Mechanics

STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM A simple map of the atom: Particles – in the early days of atomic theory, all components were thought of as particles and this model is still taught at elementary levels. Nucleus – is a combination of larger particles found together at the center of an atom. The particles are the […]

Swarm Intelligence

Hive mind thinking can conglomerate and amplify intelligence. Bees, ants, and other groups of animals create a higher collective wisdom than any individual contributor exhibits. Cloud technology enables correlation that mimics self organizing organic swarms. Artificial swarm intelligence offers an opportunity to create super intelligence based on humans. New hope for humans in an A.I. […]

A Timeline of Recursive Self-improving Algorithms

This brief but fascinating time-line list of algorithms that include recursive self improvement is well worth reading and even studying the links at the bottom of the article. Timeline and analysis of existing attempts of recursive self improving (RSI) software systems – [] What are Self-Improving algorithms? Self-Improving algorithms must have the property to get […]

Self Improvement is Recursive

A recursive process does something, stores the result, and then reapplies the same process using the new result. We see this often in mathematical equations and computer programming. Any process of continuous self improvement tends to be recursive by nature. We improve ourselves, then continue to work on improving ourselves, but using the new improvements […]

How Ethics Works

How Ethics Works

Ethics is the consideration of what action is the best. This can be fairly straightforward when we only consider ourselves and there aren’t any significant unknown factors. But even under these restrictions, an ethical analysis can become complex. Consider this scenario: We can travel for one day to a location where there is one gallon […]